Brian Mathews is the Assistant University Librarian for Outreach & Academic Services at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has previously served as the user experience librarian at the Georgia Institute of Technology and as a reference librarian at the George Washington University. Brian has published numerous journal articles and is an active speaker and panel member on a variety of library topics, particularly on increasing the awareness of library services to students. He is also an advocate for empathic design, and is currently exploring new ways of encouraging patrons to participate in scholarly, creative, cultural, and service-oriented endeavors. His blog is The Ubiquitous Librarian.
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Can we create library environments that inspire people to be more creative, collaborative, reflective, or engaged? That is the driving question of this imaginative book. Brian Mathews (Virginia Tech Libraries) weaves elements together from architecture, psychology, retail, neuroscience, and many other disciplines in this narrative about the evolution of library buildings. Re-conceptualizing libraries as showrooms, studios, salons, and boutiques, some new directions are outlined for discussion about the future. The text encourages you and your team to look beyond the functional value of your facility, and to consider how libraries can also serve as an experimental landscape that helps foster well being and personal growth.
Featuring drawings and renderings from interior designer Leigh Ann Soistmann, Encoding Space is ideal for librarians and campus administrators looking to spark their creative thinking and push strategic conversations about the purpose, value, and future of library buildings.
PROLOGUE: What's the Building Trying to Tell Us?
THE GUIDING QUESTIONS
THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACE
Swayed By Our Surroundings
What Makes A Space A Place?
From Dichotomy To Ecology
Purpose = Elevate
How Does This Space Make You Feel?
When A Chair Is More Than A Place To Sit
Space Imparts Action
The Most Important Thing
The Soul Of A Space
Audit Your Atmosphere
A Point Of View
Nurturing The Scholarly Impulse
Is It What You Thought It Would Be?
Primed For Success
Away From The Desk
But Can We Encode?
Transition #1: From Third Place To Magnet Place
Transition #2: From Commons To Community
Elements of Community
Transition #3: From Transactions To Transformations
The Danger Of Being Service-Oriented
Transition #4: From User Centered To Learner Centered
Build It and They Will Come, So What?
COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS
Dynamic > Static
You Can't Study Just One Bee
Instruments of Innovation
A Great Big Box Of Parts
RADICAL COLLABORATION: A Manifesto
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"Given the breadth of its research and the accessibility of its writing, Encoding Space should be required reading for librarians and library administrators."
— Portal: Libraries and the Academy
"[R]eading this book and understanding the basic concepts proposed is well worth consideration for any library and librarian as we move forward, deeper into the 21st century."
— Journal of Learning Spaces